I will be exhibiting my paintings at Art on the Farm this Sunday October 26! I will be joining a great group of fine artists and craftsmen at this annual art show and sale which has been a fixture in Washtenaw County since 2003. Please come out on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10am-4pm to enjoy the art, live music and refreshments! 12075 Island Lake Road, Dexter, Michigan.
I’ll have lots of affordable pastels and watercolors available!
Very happy to be invited to participate in an innovative art exhibit curated by River Gallery! My large pastel painting, “Prussian Pears,” will be one of many plant-inspired works of art on display.
Watercolor plein air cityscape painting 10″ x 7″ $250
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Deja Vu. I painted this plein air watercolor in 2014 (above) at the exact same spot in Umbria that I painted it in 2010 (below).
I was new to oil painting when I visited La Romita School of Art this year, and I was very open to learning everything I could from our teacher Nora Venturelli. I’d never tried painting a piece totally with a palette knife. She encouraged me to work in this technique in the studio from an Umbrian photo I had taken. I brazenly decided to work on a large (greenish) gessoed paper that I had brought with me. It was very freeing to be able to lay down color without worry about details. Although I haven’t painted another piece exactly this way, I did learn that the palette knife can be my friend. It has been especially helpful to use in areas where I want to add a strong, thick accent at the focal point.
One of the advantages of traveling back to a location you’ve been before is the possibility of painting the same scene again. Each time I experience a view, I feel a bit different about it and that often lends itself to a different interpretation.
Todi is a small, ancient hill town in Umbria, Italy near La Romita School of Art. There is a point on the winding road up to the village where you can park and see the buildings cascading down the hillside. When I visited in 2010, I photographed this view and then created a large pastel of it back in my studio (below). This year when I visited, I actually painted en plein air from that site (above). Its amazing to me how similar and yet how very different these two pieces are. They both depict about the same time of day, but I obviously recorded a much warmer glow on the oil painting I did in person. It’s also smaller and looser in style since I had only about an hour to complete the piece.
Nora Venturelli will be teaching her landscape course in Umbria again next summer. I hope to be among the lucky participants…and you can too! Contact me if you are interested in joining us!
Plein air oil landscape painting 18x 18 inch SOLD
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